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This is the record of John

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John 1: 19-23

 
The Epistle and Gospel readings for the Sundays of Advent deal with different themes. The Third Sunday in Advent has as its Gospel part of the first Chapter of the Gospel according to John. These words are set by Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625) as This is the record of John, one of the most remarkable of all Tudor verse anthems.

Gibbons sang in the choir at King’s College Cambridge with his brother, became a student at the University and went on to sing at the Chapel Royal when James I was on the throne. By 1625, the year of the composer’s death, Gibbons had become the senior organist.

The music—originally set with an accompaniment provided by viols—seems brilliantly matched to the words: the question ‘Who art thou?’; the long notes at ‘and said plainly’; the florid reply ‘I am not the Christ’; the rising figure at the question ‘Art thou Elias?’. There are three sections for the soloist; each is answered in turn by the choir ending with the step-wise phrase sung immediately by all: ‘Make straight the way of the Lord’.

from notes by William McVicker 1997

Recordings

Advent at St Paul's
CDH55463Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Gibbons: Anthems
CDH55228Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Details

Track 3 on CDH55228 [4'18] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 11 on CDH55463 [4'47] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Track-specific metadata for CDH55228 track 3

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-11603
Duration
4'18
Recording date
30 April 1999
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Gibbons: Anthems (CDA67116)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: April 2000
    Deletion date: March 2005
    Superseded by CDH55228
  2. Gibbons: Anthems (CDH55228)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: May 2007
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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